In our country, true teams rarely exist… social barriers and personal ambitions have reduced athletes to dissolute cliques or individuals thrown together for mutual profit… Yet these rugby players, with their muddied, cracked bodies, are struggling to hold onto a sense of humanity that we in America have lost and are unlikely to regain. The game may only be to move a ball forward on a dirt field, but the task can be accomplished with an unshackled joy, and its memories will be a permanent delight. The women and men who play on that rugby field are more alive than too many of us ever will be.
A hooligans’ game played by gentlemen.
Colby Starts of the Season Strong
The Colby Men’s Rugby Football Club started off the season with a bang, earning a hard fought 24 – 7 victory over a tenacious University of New England Squad. The team committed several mental errors to open the game; however buckled down and fought through the nerves. Shortly after Colby regained their composure, Darrien Pipkins ’17 struck in electric fashion dodging multiple defenders to slam down a try. Inspired, Colby pinned their ears back and dominated UNE, winning every scrum, ruck and lineout. Off a lineout, Jack Sears ’17 attacked the blind side, surprising the UNE defenders and was able to dash into the try zone from 55 yards out. Early on in the second half, Will Levesque ’18, playing in his first game as a Colby Mule, brilliantly defended a line out, stiripping the ball from a UNE attacker and powered 0ver the UNE fullback, dominantly carrying the ball into the try zone for Coby’s third try of the day. On the ensuing kickoff, Pipkins broke through the UNE line and combined with Jonathan Cabour ’17 on a 75 yard combination play. In the final minutes of the Game, UNE was able to capitalize on a Colby mistake and punched the ball through the Colby line off of a 5 meter scrum. An Outstanding performance from 8-man Pipkins on line outs, where he won nearly every set piece, earned the Man of the Match award.
The Start to the Fall 2014 Season
The Colby Men’s Rugby Football Club has its schedule for the new season! We will be opening up against the University of New England on Saturday the 13th at their campus in Biddeford. The complete schedule has been posted on the Schedule/Results page. This semester, four of Colby’s games will be away, with the two home defenses dated for October 4th and 24th, against Bates and Maine Maritime Academy respectively.
Students interested in joining or learning more about the club are strongly encouraged to attend our season-opening meeting on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd in LOVEJOY 100 at 5 p.m.
Update on Colby Rugby Fundraising Efforts
Friends of Colby Rugby,
We are happy to announce that we have reached our $17.5K goal for 2015-16 seasons! Without the support of you, our alumni, the club would be lost! Although we have achieved our goal, we still have a lot of work to do to secure the future of the club in the coming years. We hope that you will consider making a gift of a similar amount in following years. Anyone can make a pledge or gift and specify for years to come (e.g. “Rugby 2016-17″). We hope you consider this if you can or if you have not had the chance to donate yet! Once again, thank you for your continued support of rugby here at Colby.
Colby Rugby Football Club
2014 Spring season begins March 15th
Colby Men’s Rugby will kick off its season this weekend at the annual Striper 7′s Derby, a tournament held by the Central Maine Stripers. The competition will feature teams from Colby’s regular season schedule, including UMF and Bates, as well as opponents from separate leagues unknown to the Mules thus far. The men will play a minimum of four games on Saturday, with an opportunity for more depending on success.